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Enthusiastic Elephants Class Page
Good Morning Elephants and happy Monday!
Well done for completing yet another week of home learning. Mrs Escritt and I are so proud of you all and how hard you've worked...only 2 weeks left! We're really looking forward to seeing you all again on Wednesday for our zoom call. It was lovely to see so many faces on our transition zoom call and I hope those of you that are going to our fabulous Miss Robinson enjoyed yours too!
This week our home learning is slightly different and will focus on transition in preparation for starting in your new classes in September. We would also like you to take part in our virtual sports day on Tuesday 7th July. All of the information you will need in the folder down below. You can also access further information on the Transition Home Learning page and the PE and Sports Blog page on the website just click on the links below.
We have also included our usual academic and creative home learning activities for those of you who also wish to complete those. Please let us know if you need any help with anything and remember to email us and send photos of your fabulous work and adventures. Our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a super week!
Miss Johnston and Mrs Escritt
Take a look at the photos to see what everyone has been doing at home...
Felix made a rocket! Wow!
Caterpillar watch 👀 Let's see how Maya's caterpillars grow...
The Dingle Dangle Scarecrow (Part 1)
The Dingle Dangle Scarecrow (Part 2)
Annie's butterflies have hatched out of their chrysalis!
Austin's amazing castle!
Look! No stabilisers!
Welcome to Enthusiastic Elephants!
We are the Enthusiastic Elephants, the Year 1 Class.
Our Staff Team:
Miss Johnston - Class Teacher
Mrs Escritt - Teaching Assistant
Mrs Hair - PPA cover (Wednesday morning)
Mrs Farr - Trainee Teaching Assistant (Friday)
PE is on a Wednesday; pupils should come to school dressed in their PE kit.
Homework is set on a Friday to be completed by the following Wednesday. Homework is put in the children's homework folders if it is a task sheet or will be set on Mathletics or Education City to be completed online - please find the links to these websites in the 'Useful Links' section.
Sport Relief 2020
The children had a great day on Wednesday doing their bit for Sport Relief. They ran the Sport Relief mile and they worked so hard during it that their faces ended up the same colour as their red tops!
Our Gymnastics skills are reaching new heights!
In our indoor PE sessions we have been following RealGym. The children have learned some of the basic shapes used in Gymnastics: straight, tuck and star. We have had lots of practice on how to make these shapes and have worked our way up to making those shapes on different high equipment. We got the large climbing wall out, the high tables and the benches to see if we could incorporate the shapes we have learned on this equipment. We were really good at it and had so much fun - as you can see by the children's faces! The teachers were so impressed with our skills and, what wowed them even more than that, we even managed to get out and tidy away the equipment ourselves without any help. Parents/carers take note: these children are excellent at tidying up after themselves! Don't let them tell you otherwise...
In English we are looking at how to write instructions. Luckily, Pancake Day is the perfect opportunity to follow instructions and recipes. The children worked well helping Miss Johnston to weigh the ingredients out and mix them together in the bowl to make a smooth batter. Then, we poured the mix into the frying pan and flipped our pancakes. We all had a turn and had so much fun! The best part of all was eating the pancakes though; we drizzled some honey on and gobbled them up.
11th February 2020 Safer Internet Day!
The children took part in some super activities for Safer Internet Day. We read the story 'Chicken Clicking' about a chick who sneaked into his farmer's house and spent all his money buying things online without his permission and then put his personal information online and accidentally made friends with a fox - oh no! We drew story maps to help us remember the story and did a 'Role on the Wall' to think about the chick's actions and how he might have felt in the different situations.
Later in the afternoon, the children created their own identity maps looking at the things they enjoy doing both on and offline. We all love watching things on Netflix, playing on Mathletics and doing GoNoodles online and enjoy skipping, choosing time and playing with our friends at the park in real life. We thought about the different aspects of our personalities that would be and wouldn't be safe online. The children had great ideas and have a really strong sense of how to be safe online. We are very proud of their sensible and mature attitudes to their safety!
Computing - Programming BeeBots!
This half term, we have been getting to grips with programming BeeBots. We created our own treasure maps with obstacles and X marks the spot. We learned how to input a sequence of instructions into the BeeBot to make it travel around the map, avoiding the trees, swamps and rocks, and land on the X to get the treasure. We had so much fun programming the BeeBots - we knew how to do it better than the grownups did!
Chinese New Year ICE Day
On 27th January, we celebrated We began the day with by looking at zodiac symbols and learning all about the zodiac story. We looked at which zodiac each of us were (most of us either the or the ) and we even learnt how to write this as a Chinese symbol! We continued our fun-filled day by making dragon puppets out of paper and lollipop sticks. We learnt dragon puppets are usually and (meaning good fortune), but quite often they are also found to be bright colours!
The children got to make their very own home-made spring rolls. They were delicious. It was a fiddly job though trying to roll the thin pastry and to keep all the ingredients inside at the same time!
Finally, we spent our afternoon practising writing and speaking some Mandarin. We learned how to say ‘how are you?’, ni hao ma, and that to answer with ‘I’m good’ is wo hen hao! We then wrote Happy New Year! In Mandarin too. To finish off our wonderful day, we performed our Chinese dragon song to the Year 3/4s with our dragon puppets and some instruments.
Moving Words Poetry Workshop
Colin, Julie and Adam came into school to deliver a fantastic poetry workshop all about communication. Through words, actions and dance, we learnt about cave paintings, carrier pigeons, the telephone, the telegram, texts, emails and much more! We enjoyed performing to parents, carers, grandparents and to Mrs Fuller at the end of the day.
Dia De Los Reyes (The Day of the Kings)
The children participated in a wonderful theme day based upon the Spanish festival Dia De Los Reyes (The Day of the Kings). During the day, we made non-alcoholic sangria; tasted some delicious Spanish food; played traditional Spanish games and practiced greeting each other in Spanish! The children thoroughly enjoyed the day and learned some interesting information about Spain. A big thank you to Mrs Haigh Del Rio for baking a delicious Roscon and teaching us a little Spanish!